|we can look v serious with 2' jumps|
|bc jumping is fun!|
But I also stayed open-minded to doing the re-starting myself with the right horse. And as you all already know, I found that horse in Charlie.
|tho since green horses will be green, sometimes it's a different ride every time haha|
(*tho Lad was all heart, whereas Charlie is much more cerebral. Charlie's got heart for sure, but he's a thinker first and foremost)
|and sometimes we make it into AND out of a line all in one piece. #learning|
|he's a good horse, guys|
Or when I wrote at the onset of the following 2015 season about how the tides were finally turning? And of course that year eventually proved to be our swan song in many ways, but I digress...
|can we take a moment to appreciate this tail tho? it's very different from izzy's, but it truly has a character and flow of its own. and is goddamn majestic. also i maybe bought this horse for his hair.... #justsayin|
As such, I flourished in a routine that included two jump lessons a week. My hope is to return to that, tho logistics are still an issue. We'll see.
|i also appreciate his heart|
|and generally he's just pretty darn fun. we are very uneven right now.... but we are feeling it out. he's gonna be really good.|
|homeboy finds this stuff pretty easy, even when he's still learning the footwork|
And my cues for opening him up are in serious need of calibration haha, bc he does not need the volume I'm giving him. When I think I'm asking for an inch of go, he hears me asking for a foot. So.... ya know. I need to chill a little bit lol.
So all of our lessons right now focus on getting me to simmer down, relax, and ride the horse. And the horse is just SO GOOD. We struggled a fair bit (you're going to see a LOT of missed distances and a couple knocked rails in both of these videos) but it just feels like growing pains.
Often I felt like the horse was making mistakes when trainer P (who is very honest about who needs to learn which lesson) attributed the mistake to my riding. So I just gotta keep working.
Things fell apart a little bit when we put it all together into courses, so we ended up running through the course twice then each individual element again after, just to really solidify each piece. And it was good. Tough. Mostly rider issues. But good.
Plus trainer P had threatened to add in the barrels at the end, and when we absolutely nailed the outside line on our last attempt, I said "I think we ought to be finished on that!"
Haha. Hahaha. No. Trainer P said no to that noise. Obviously. Her point being: the horse is a little bored with this height. He's got it figured out. He's 17h+ and the jumps are 2'3. That's not exactly calculus. He wants something to jump and trainer P was determined to give it to him.
|the greenest packer there ever was|
Charlie can't yet exactly be described as a "packer" -- no he's a little green for that yet -- but if I play my cards right, he's gonna get there. Yesssss. I'm already excited haha.
Do you like your horses to be packers? Or have you always gravitated toward the green or complicated? Or some combination thereof, depending on the whens whys and whats? Do you bond with your horse's personality and figure out the skills later, or do you look for a skills player that you'll ultimately get to know in time?